It’s Holy Thursday and tonight Catholic throughout Kansas City will gather to commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Gospels. However, the celebration will take place in the shadow of death for many of the local faithful.
To wit . . .
DOWNPLAYED BY KANSAS CITY MAINSTREAM MEDIA, ROCKHURST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SUICIDE RESONATES THROUGHOUT METRO FOR MANY LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE!!!
Students in Shawnee Mission High Schools and a few other local Catholic schools wore blue ribbons this week in support of the students and families of the Rockhurst High School community, following the reported suicide . . .
The reality is that suicide rates are rising rapidly among young adults in the U.S. and most parents, regardless of religious affiliation, are woefully unprepared to cope with the trend.
While Church attendance is linked with lower suicide risk among Catholics, confronting pop culture trends has always been a challenge posed to the faithful.
Real talk: The key to lower Catholic suicide rates might not be the hope that Church attendance provides but the fear of God that is instilled within most denizens of this sect. Old school Catholics have always been taught that suicide is a one way ticket straight to Hell with no mercy, forgiveness or chance at redemption for all eternity. It’s a cruel teaching that contradicts current mental health care guidelines but it has mostly proven effective . . . Until now.
Fact is, overall, U.S. suicide is at an all time high and during this Holy Week, Catholics in Kansas City are forced to confront the impact of this trend on their community as well.
Developing . . .